You can hear his class all the way down the halls. Kids laughing, music playing, and Mr. Edwards enjoying every bit of it.
"My motto has always been to make it so that I enjoy it," Robb Edwards, a music teacher at Walker Elementary School, and this week's Teacher of the Week explains. "If I'm enjoying music and I'm having fun, then I know that they'll have fun too. If I'm bored, then I know they must be terribly bored if I'm bored."
Edwards has been teaching for 34 years in the Rockford School District, the past 19 have been at Walker. But in his final year, he's not losing his rhythm. His lessons are filled with composers and sing alongs and of course a break for his Teacher of the Week award.
"It's very exciting," he says. "It's rewarding. The job in itself is rewarding, and to be able to have that recognition is also a bonus."
He began his career as a performer in high school and college, but found stability in teaching. Walker Elementary's Principal Matthew Lerner says the school has big shoes to fill.
"The students are gonna miss him," Lerner says. "The teachers are gonna miss him. He's had several students come back and say 'Hey. Is Mr. Edwards here?' He's really one of the only teachers that they come back and see. It's really cool, and he loves them and knows them. He says hi. He's been very important to Walker. We're gonna miss him."
Mr. Edwards says he'll keep busy though, as he plans to work for his family's business.
"I'll probably find other activities to keep busy," Edwards says. "I won't let the moss grow."